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Teaching in Difficult Circumstances

I really admire the courageous men and women who decide against going into lucrative careers and instead turn to teaching, empowering our future leaders instead of enriching themselves and giant … Continue reading

August 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Great Organization – MATAR, helping women in Syria

This is the work of Syrian women who have been displaced because of the war in their country.  These women can earn a living wage for themselves and their children. … Continue reading

August 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Check this out: Ted Talk on Architecture for the people by the people

Not being an architecture professional, I can’t exactly comment on the feasibility and potential mass scale for an idea like this. And I’m behind on the whole 3-D printing phenomenon… … Continue reading

August 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Book Review: “My Mother, My Self” by Nancy Friday

I found this book in the most oddest of places – in a popular backpacker’s hostel in Boquete, Panamá. I had been longing for a good book to read for … Continue reading

August 29, 2013 · 3 Comments

Check this out: LEDA Helping Kids from Poor Backgrounds get into Top Universities

ALL organizations which help children from poor families succeed, are awesome in my book. But what jumped out at me in regards to LEDA (Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America) … Continue reading

August 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Celebration of Women’s Right to Vote in the U.S.

On Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote, was declared in effect. It’s hard to even imagine life without this right. … Continue reading

August 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Check this out: Ample Harvest

“We enable you to eliminate hunger and malnutrition in your own community. connects 40+ million Americans with excess food in their garden and local food pantries. Garden by garden, … Continue reading

August 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Check this out: LeftoverSwap

We all should be aware of the horrible food waste in developing countries, especially in the United States. This company, LeftoverSwap, is a brilliantly simple idea. They connect those who … Continue reading

August 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Check this out: Laos Coffee House to Truly Benefit Community

“Jhai will be the world’s first completely philanthropic coffee roaster and café located at the source. All profits will be invested into sanitation education and clean water projects in the … Continue reading

August 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Check this out: “Effective Altruism” Ted Talk

I really enjoyed this Ted Talk. Then I started reading the comments from the Ted Website and I got bogged down with all the criticism. This happens to me a … Continue reading

August 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Check this out: No. 41 helps a Rwandan Community

There is nothing more uplifting than reading about companies who are doing it right. One example is a Rwandan company, No. 41, which teaches orphan girls (ages 18 – 25) … Continue reading

August 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Check this out: Buildings made from cardboard tubes, Shigeru Ban

My mind is completely blown. This man is a HERO for the world. Buildings made from cardboard tubes: Shigeru Ban architecture | TED Blog.

August 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

We are the Living Temple. We are the Living Church!

Originally posted on Breaking Bad for Christ – a Novel.:
Brothers, sisters… The church is not a building. We are the church: “Consequently, you are fellow citizens with God’s people…

August 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Check this out: Ex-Inmates Work to Recycle Electronics in California

  It’s pretty common knowledge that the United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world. There are a few main reasons for this, and one of … Continue reading

August 16, 2013 · Leave a comment
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